We were lucky to catch up with Aerial Lange recently and have shared our conversation below.
Aerial, looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. We’d love to hear about a project that you’ve worked on that’s meant a lot to you.
To be honest, every connection I’m able to create with someone through my art is meaningful to me. But what comes first to my mind are the commissions I have had the honor to create for people symbolizing the passing of a loved one. While completely nerve wracking with pressure to make sure it’s represented properly, it’s also a powerful feeling to be able to create something that can bring a feeling of reconnection with someone that feels lost forever. It reminds me how impactful art can truly be to someone’s life. So far, I have done 3 commissions based around this subject. I find that creating pieces based around these subjects is really understanding why that person needs all the symbolizing details & really hearing out their story of how they want to represent someone they have lost. As I learn this story, I feel I am also hearing people tell me how they want to be healed from their grief in a way. How they would like to look at something day in and day out to remind them of that person. Which of their qualities they choose to carry on in remembrance of that person.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers?
My name is Aerial Lange & my art business is called Aerial’s Artistry. I’m a mixed media artist. Working mainly with chalk pastel pencils & charcoals. From the age of 5, I’ve naturally was drawn to doing art & I don’t think my process has changed much since then. I just follow my curiosity. That’s why my art consists of so many different things. Medical illustrations, dark art, & curiosities from nature. Slowly, I’m learning more & more ways to combing all these subjects together to create a bigger message. I do sale prints of my artwork on my website & hope to branch off into putting my art on many more things in the future.
I guess you can say I have an intuitive approach to art & my business. I feel when I keep my art process & business alike then it keeps it more me. So just like with my art I try to not limit myself to just one thing even though the stigma is to “niche down”. I try to do this through the many different subjects of art that I do with each giving it’s own opportunities.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
This is a lesson that was so deeply rooted in me that I never would’ve recognized it unless I started my own business & that’s my relationship with money. I grew up in a household where money was always the root to our stress. Many times, we went without necessities. It was also something used against me in school from others. I honestly just thought those times of my life gave me thick skin & taught me to feel gratitude with less. But little did I know through starting my own business & chasing my dreams, it would become a personal healing journey as well. While being highly appreciative with less, which is a value I hold close to myself, I also realized that I was also allowing myself to lessen my self-worth in almost all areas of my life. I saw this problem manifest the most when pricing my art. Which means I am devaluing my skills that I’ve developed throughout my whole life. So therefore, I had to find a balance of feeling rich with what I am given but also to know my worth. And it’s something I think is going to be a constant lesson for me to learn.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
Instantly what comes to my mind is how I feel when people meet me & I get to say I’m an artist. I feel everyone that asks, ‘what do you do for a living’, I get to be seen & recognized alongside my craft. It’s like everyone is seeing a deeper part of me. Which can also be nerve wracking & took a lot of practice to start telling people because of the natural thoughts of what if they hate it. The feeling of being recognized alongside your work is something that quiets those thoughts in an instant. This feels like the authentic existence I could’ve asked to live because it makes me stay true to myself. I don’t think there’s a price that can be put on that feeling.
- Website: https://www.aerialsartistry.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aerialsartistry/
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aerial-lange-7097331b5/
- Other: TikTok is same as instagram